‘Big Charity’ tells the Big and the Small Stories

by Sarah Allan It’s always a powerful thing when great people create a great documentary film. ‘Big Charity’ is a prime example. A documentary by Alex John Glustrom (Director), Ben Johnson (Co-Producer & Composer) and Catherine Rierson (Co-Producer) looks at Charity Hospital, the oldest continuously-operating hospital in the United States, located in New Orleans. The hospital,…

Jokes About Aboriginal Women Are Not Jokes

By Janelle Marie Baker The Canadian Government rejected the call for a National Inquiry into the estimated 582 missing Aboriginal women in Canada. How is this possible? I will begin with a story: I was working for a First Nation in Alberta and staying with a family on the reserve. My co-worker and I had…

In the Hands of the Law

by Ayan Bihi Recently, as I was perusing through the black hole that can often be the internet, I stumbled upon a new word which later led to me discovering a recent injustice that sounded like a joke but unfortunately was a reality. It all goes back to a term called Affluenza, a new mental state…

Voluntary Female Sex Work vs. Sex Trafficking of Women

by Rachel Safeek The difference between human sex trafficking versus consensual and/or voluntary sex work among women is a topic that I’ve been meaning to address for a long time. Oftentimes, when I mention that I work with HIV prevention among Female Sex Workers (FSWs), many incorrectly assume that the women with whom I work are…

Yoga and the Women Who Never Heard of Lululemon

by Melanie Hadida  Since 2007, I have spent several months of my life living and working at the Sambhavna Trust Clinic in Bhopal, India. The Sambhavna clinic is the product of a vision born out of awe-inspiring community based activism in the wake of the world’s worst chemical disaster. On December 3rd 1984, at 10…

Ukraine’s Culture and Population Decline: The EU Association Agreement

by Agnieszka Paulina Marcinek With the recent uproar concerning Ukraine and the EU Association Agreement, the country has turned the European spotlight onto itself – and not merely because of the prospective signing at the Third Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius. Alongside the Association Agreement, Ukraine’s population decline has been of discourse since the Post-Soviet…